Simulator Freezes when starting any flight but the training portion works

I’m trying to do a regular flight or the courchevel event and everything works until I hit the Fly!. It loads the airport scene and then I hit the button and it does like it’s going to start and it freezes. The only way to get out is thru the task manager. All updates done both on windows and store. Haven’t been able to play after last patch.


  1. Start simulator
  2. Start any Flight
  3. Wait for airport scene
  4. Hit Fly.
  5. Freezes

All windows, store and driver updates done.

There are quite a few threads on the forums where people are reporting crash to desktops and it seems there is no one single cause. Reports indicate that the ‘fix’ for one user doesn’t work for another user etc. Tracking down the cause is very time consuming. I suggest maybe using the forum search function to find other threads for this issue. If you wanted to be brave, even though it is time consuming, you could take the plunge and go ahead and reinstall windows. It might actually save you time in the long run. However, it doesn’t guarantee that it will solve your problem if the CTD is caused by hardware weaknesses (unlikely but possible) or driver issues.

To get you started, here are two links (Link1, Link2) to existing mega-threads about CTDs.

It would also be a good idea to check out the known issues post to see if you are affected by one of those.

For advanced troubleshooting, if none of the other fixes seem to work, then there may also be some useful information contained in this detailed thread: [FIXED] Random CTDs due to internet and hardware issues.

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Since yesterday I have exactly the same problem! I’m 30 hours in, and never had this issue before.

My setup i9900K, 64gb ram, 2080Ti, 1tb nvme ssd

I was having this exact issue after pressing fly now and it would just freeze, I deleted a program I was using for P3D v4 called “FACETRACKNOIR” and the issue went away. Hope this helps

What happened is that you have to reinstall windows and after that you have to have a great connection because the packets would be corrupted.